Draft Days Two and Three Recap | The Process Report

Draft Days Two and Three Recap

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Oh, and click here for a neat update on the draft map, with 2011’s picks included.

I will admit that I ignored most of the action from day three of the draft. It’s funny, day one dragged on forever, with the five-minute bumpers feeling at least twice as potent, but day two goes by fast, and day three in an instant. I am convinced that a mixture of excitement and anticipation forms an elixir capable of slowing down time. The lacking excitement stems from reality. Most of the players drafted over the last 20 rounds are unlikely to amount to memorable names—at least, not from this draft, as the interesting players are usually bound for a college campus.

Day two, though, was styling. The Rays held two picks in round two and popped Granden Goetzman and Leonardo Linsky. Goetzman is someone who fits the Rays mold. An athletic outfielder with legitimate power potential, he drew Jay Buhner and Jayson Werth comparisons. The problem with those comparisons is that so often they miss the mark and are offered based on perfect world outcomes or assumptions.

Goetzman probably is not going to become Werth or Buhner—and frankly, you almost do not want him to follow their paths:

Before becoming one of the best outfielders in baseball, Werth was traded straight-up for John Bale and Jason Frasor, and allowed to become a free agent without six years of service time. The Phillies were his fourth organization.

Buhner is known for his days with Seattle, but he was drafted by the Pirates, later dealt to the Yankees (along with two others for Tim Foli and Steve Kemp), then traded to the Mariners (for Ken Phelps) before amassing 100 major league plate appearances.

Is that nitpicking at the comparisons? Absolutely, but if Goetzman becomes the new Buhner or Werth, hopefully he does so while wearing Rays garb.

As for Linsky, I am an unabashed hater when it comes to drafting relievers early. Still, this pick is malleable because Linsky is actually the 12th player the Rays picked and when you have so many early selections, you can pop one if you feel strongly about the reliever’s chances of becoming very good-to-elite. What you don’t want, is to have one draft pick in the first 50-or-so and wind up with the next Royce Ring or Craig Hansen.

Now, about Linsky himself. He is a righty with a low-to-mid 90s fastball that features good sink. He complements his heater with a good slider and his arm angle is going to give righties fits. After the pick was made, Ryan Glass asked me if I thought he could be converted into a starter. Frankly, I doubt it. His delivery requires too much effort to work over 30-to-35 starts with 90-to-110 pitches per outing. That isn’t to belittle Linsky’s ability, either, as he looks to be someone who could be the first-or-second guy from this class to reach the majors.

From here on out, the Rays were working with one pick per round. At one point or another, the names become less familiar (or even less familiar) and you start to walk away or click on other tabs for the 25-to-30 minutes in between the Rays selections. This started for me after the third round. In that round, the Rays tabbed Johnny Eierman, who happens to be another player that fits the Rays profile. He is athletic and has an ever-desirable power/speed combination. Eierman also has a commitment to Louisiana State University, thus possibly fulfilling the Rays quota of stealing one major leaguer from the school per draft.

In the fourth round, the Rays took their Arizona State guy in Riccio Torrez. A former Diamondbacks draftee, Torrez has the makings of a utility man, as he can play second and third while displaying gamer tendencies. There is some thought he could develop more pop, giving him a little more ceiling than the natural inclination for someone with his profile.

At this point, the top 200 lists are out the window, unless there is a top 200 list for players likely to go in rounds five and onwards, and no longer is there a cheat sheet or much name recognition.

In the fifth, the Rays took J.D. Davis. A prep third baseman with stunning power potential He is committed to Cal State Fullerton, so who knows whether he will sign or head to college in hopes of raising his stock for the 2014 draft. The same applies to a few other early second day picks the Rays made. Like eighth round pick John Alexander, who is a large first baseman (6-foot-6) with a UC Irvine commitment. The Rays next prep selection was Jacob Fario in the 10th, a 6-foot-5 righty who could join Davis at Cal State.

Continuing to select some potential prep pop, the Rays grabbed first baseman Trevor Mitsui in the 12th, who happens to be a high school teammate of Blake Snell. After so much talent is off the board, you have to start picking players who only have one good tool, or flash the potential for one good tool. The Rays did this by snagging outfielder Tanner English in the 13th (a fantastic speedster) and Tyler Parmenter in the 15th (a shortstop with a real good arm). I would speak more on the various players taken around those slots, like Matt Young, Bret McAfee, and Taylor Motter, but for now I’m going to see if they sign.

Filling in the collegiate gaps, the Rays grabbed a few arms of interest with Jake Floethe—a righty with a sinker who could find himself in the pen—and Ryan Carpenter—a big lefty who used to flash mid-to-upper 90s heat at his best, but recently has been clocked in the mid-to-high 80s. Add in a few college position players like Matt Rice (a catcher who gets by without tools) and Cameron Seitzer (Kevin’s son, and a contact-driven first baseman) and you get the picture.

The rest of the mention-worthy players are either relievers (like Andy Bass out of Davidson) and Brad Hendrix out of Auburn or fellows with trivial notes about them (like Ryan Turner, who has been drafted by the Rays thrice now, or Brandon Liebrandt, Charlie’s son). I will dig up information on the others, should some of them sign.



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